Saturday, September 14, 2013
Watching the A’s jump out to a big lead against the Texas Rangers on Friday night to extend their division lead, I couldn’t help but marvel at how this team was built. The game ended up being a lot closer than it probably should have been, but it doesn’t diminish how the A’s were built. Not only do they not spend a lot of money on free agents, but they haven’t even had much success in the draft in recent years.
This iteration is Billy Beane’s best work. Last year I was convinced that the A’s were not actually a good team, just a team that got lucky. After all, they didn’t have any good players. They still don’t have a true star, which makes team building a lot harder because you have to get everything else right, but it does appear that the A’s have everything else right. This is basically a team with no marquee players, not even A prospects made good. I still don’t really understand how they are winning so many games, to be honest.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
While the St. Louis Cardinals have steamrolled baseball for the first couple of months of 2013, the A’s have been winning games at an equivalent clip to STL for the past year. A .643 winning percentage over 168 games is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering that the A’s are still overshadowed by the Rangers, Tigers, Yankees, and Red Sox when people talk about AL contenders. However, none of those teams have even been with 10 games of Oakland over the last year.
Once again, Billy Beane, David Forst, Farhan Zaidi, and company have built a terrific baseball team despite limited financial resources. Unlike the A’s from the Moneyball era as chronicled by Michael Lewis, there really are no home grown “stars” that you can point to as the reason for the team’s success. This team was built almost entirely by acquiring undervalued assets via trade or free agency.
The only homegrown (originally drafted/signed) A’s on the active roster: Griffin, Straily, Doolittle, and Cespedes.
Posted: June 13, 2013 at 02:34 PM | 22 comment(s)
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